Junior Merchandiser
ASOS - London

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The Background
Founded in 2000, ASOS is the UK's largest independent online fashion retailer.
ASOS is the third most visited apparel website on the planet (comscore data April 2011) and offers over 50,000 products across 850 brands. Sales for the financial year ending 31 March 2011 were £339.7 million. With over 900 employees based in the UK, ASOS continues to grow internationally with 50% of retail sales now coming from outside of the UK.
Our ambition is to win the global online fashion race, having set ourselves a target to reach £1bn annual sales by 2015. Therefore it is integral that ASOS continues to attract top talent across the globe to help us realise our goals.

The Team
Merchandisers are integral to the success of ASOS.com. Buying is an imperfect science and the Merchandising team are there to aid the difficult decision making process whilst ensuring profitability. We believe the perception of a number cruncher is out dated – the creative interpretation and use of numbers is a skill that improves both the planning and trading performance of any fashion business.

You will be working alongside one buyer to deliver £14m per annum and drive this area forward as ASOS.com continues to grow. You will be supported by both an Assistant Merchandiser and a Merchandise Assistant.

The Detail
Reporting into a Merchandising Manager/Senior Merchandiser you will be required to: -
Deliver the planned sales and profitability of your department by managing and optimising the brands through effective planning and in season trading
Regular analysis of department performance to maximise commercial opportunities
Work alongside the Buyer to ensure a commercial range is offered to the customer whilst ensuring both asos and the brands strategy are adhered to
Through strategic planning and trading of the department manage the intake and otb to deliver the stock requirements of the business
Develop and building strong relationships with the brands
• Own and control the net achieved margin
Manage and develop a team including an Assistant Merchandisers and Merchandising Assistant
The Person
We are passionate about our people; they’re the future of our business, which is why we invest time and effort in recruiting the perfect match! Our employees are passionate about ASOS.com, their role and the overall success of the company. We are all motivated to drive our own success and achieve individual objectives. Communication is key to any role here as our employees continually build relationships at all levels across the business. We’re fast paced, so all employees need to able to adapt to change pretty quickly, be enthused and excited about what’s around the corner for us. Overall we are looking for someone that has experience of driving a department forward, is creative with numbers, has excellent people skills and is both capable and confident in the role they perform.
Some skills you will need
Proven track record of driving a department through creative thinking as a Junior Merchandiser or Senior Assistant Merchandiser
Previous experience working in the fashion industry dealing with multiple products
Ability to manage a team
Awareness of current trends and what is happening in retail
Able to demonstrate a commercial aptitude
Working with brands would be an advantage, but not essential
Strong organisational skills, able to use initiative and to work in pressurised environment.
Excellent communication skills, with the ability to communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately with colleagues, suppliers and others at all levels.
Attention to detail.
Computer literate able to use both word and excel applications to an intermediate/advanced level.

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